There’s an extra-terrestrial tinge to the worms this week, and a welcome return from ejaydee. Give yourself some “space” and have a listen – where else could you find Les Sautrelles, Yapoos and Sister Sledge, all in the same place? Many thanks and keep the worms coming to email@example.com – don’t forget to send a Christmas worm to feature on 23 December, assuming I’m still coherent by then.
Kitchens of Distinction – From Japan to Jupiter – ghe: For reasons I don’t understand, I’m partial to songs imagining being an astronaut (OneEskimo – Astronauts, Stones – 2000 light years from home, Bowie – Space Oddity, Imagined Village – Space Girl, and loads more). Now the excellent new album from Kitchens of Distinction adds another – although ‘Japan to Jupiter’ is really an anthemic wallow deep in the trough of nostalgia.
Les Sauterelles – The Heavenly Club – beltway: I make little secret of my love for 60’s Europop, and this is a real gem from Zurich Beat group Les Sauterelles, who apparently were known as “The Swiss Beatles”, which may be over-egging it a bit, but it’s a suitably heavenly melody with obligatory clunky lyrics conflating a near death experience with a visit to a nightclub – how can you not love a song that has the opening gambit “One time when I was drunk and I was going to die…”. Splendid production on this and some great hooks.
Una – Angels At My Door – Shoegazer: Not many trip hop worms, so here’s one by Una. It’s a cover: ‘Spill points if you know the original. If you like this one (from “One” in ’07) they have a new “The Laughing Man EP” & an album of remixes which includes some other takes of this here tune.
Thinking of You – Sister Sledge – ejaydee: Slightly later than I had planned I have an earworm, and I have to go with the first dance of our wedding. I’ve loved this song since I first heard it at a fancy cinema party my friend and I crashed into. As the string-laden bridge (or is it middle eight?) played, I spun my head trying the read the label trying to follow the spinning vinyl. One of my favourite intros ever, with that shimmering guitar and piercing, teasing bass, it’s probably my top Chic produced song. Luckily my wife loves the song too and the lyrics fit so it was an easy choice for our first dance. Now I’ll mostly remember it for the great moments a wedding provides. P.S. During the build-up to the event, I kept thinking about the weddings that were mentioned on here, DsD’s escape to the Bahamas, Tracy’s engagement and subsequent wedding in Hawai’i, Steenbeck’s cicadas and cassette player, the songs you all played … I joined the club!
Yapoos – Not Dead Luna – Pairubu: Featuring the unsurpassable semi-operatic voice of Jun Togawa, this is very, very “80s”, in feel , thought it dates from 1992, I believe. Jun’s lyrics are often rather “gothic”, she was closely associated with the “Ero-guro” scene, a Japanese art scene that focuses on eroticism, dismemberment, snakes and stuff like that ( I’d advise against Googling it).
Never Going Back Again – Fleetwood Mac – goneforeign: Now I know that probably everyone here will know this song by heart but that doesn’t stop it from being a great Earworm, it is for me. I remember that I bought the album, ‘Rumours’ based solely on the photo on the cover, I didn’t know FM, but as soon as I put it on I realized they were all great cuts. This one in particular grabbed me, I love the guitar/voice interaction.